Happy New Year: A Look Back at 2013

by Ashley on January 1, 2014

Hi friends! Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe 2014 is here! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! We certainly did!


We had a lovely dinner and drinks with several of our favorite people so it was the perfect way to ring in the new year!




We started yesterday with a green smoothie (and these yummy breakfast casseroles prepared by my mom) to kick of another healthy and happy year…


Yesterday’s lunch included lucky greens and black-eyed peas as well as roasted veggies and cauliflower mashed potatoes . The rest of the day was spent relaxing, finalizing our 2014 budget, family games and an evening walk with the pups. I have a good feeling about 2014!

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Anyway, before any we get any further into the new year, I want to take a minute to look back on 2013 and share a few highlights from each month and pray for an even better 2014! So here we go!


I was living in Jacksonville, Florida deep into my Mayo rotations, trying to finish strong the last 8 weeks…

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My sister and dear friend came and visited me down in Jacksonville…




I graduated from the Mayo Clinic and finally returned to the Atlanta area after 7 years away…

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I spent the month of April living out of a suitcase as I was blessed to travel with my husband and study for the RD exam in a new city nearly every night…


Almost my entire family ran the Color Run together…



My parents gave me my Vitamix for my birthday/graduation and my life hasn’t been the same since!

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A dream came true and I passed the RD exam after years of hard work, sacrifice and determination…


My last minute notes as I was walking into take the test

I enjoyed a weekend at the beach with my girlfriends celebrating one of our dear friend’s bachelorette parties…

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Thanks to a pep talk from my sis-in-law, I decided to stop talking negatively about myself.


A great friend got married…

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I launched my own business, The Gypsy Dietitian, LLC.

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We took our annual family beach trip to Cape San Blas, FL with Dustin’s family and the pups…

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You all participated in the July Yoga Challenge like pros!


Dustin and I visited Asheville for the first time

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I published my very own dietitian approved Five Day Real Food Detox

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We said goodbye to the East Coast and enjoyed a week of the fun and sun in California...

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I joined the Recipe Redux and published my first post, Garden Harvest Pickled Okra



I met some incredible ladies in Minneapolis, MN at the Healthy Living Summit.

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We celebrate the hub’s birthday on the road


I headed back to Florida for another fun bachelorette party in Destin, FL…



Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away but he is now happy with my grandmother again…

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I joined All Women Stalk (allwomenstalk.com) as a freelance writer… here is a list of a few of my articles if you are looking for some healthy tips to start the new year!


I started a new position as a Nutrition Consultant with Blue Cross Blue Shield


Smoothies are now enjoyed from on the car on the commute rather than in workout clothes.

We visited Dallas, Texas for another incredible wedding!

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Dustin and I celebrated our 5th year wedding anniversary in Callaway Gardens.

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Although there is so much more and I left so many things out, looking back 2013 was an incredible year. It was another year of change but also another year of growth. Dustin and I were blessed beyond belief in 2013 and I am confident that 2014 is going to be even better! Thank you to each of you for all of your support in the past year. This site has continued to grow exponentially and that wouldn’t be possible without all of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014! What did you do for NYE? Also, what are you most excited about in 2014?

Good health!


Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness January 2, 2014 at 11:03 am

You had an amazing year! Best wishes to you for a happy and healthy new year!
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